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"Gone Girl"

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

It was the contemporary thriller novel by Gillian Flynn that shot its way up the New York Times Best Sellers list, sparked book clubs around the country, and (apparently) caught the attention of the brilliant director, David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). With a cast headed by Ben Affleck (Nick Dune), Rosamud Pike (Amy Dune), and Neil Patick Harris (Desi), it is one of the most anticipated movies this year.

Got to say, not really looking the music they went with for this but I am still beaming with all the potential this has if Fincher is involved. Loving my girl Rosamud Pike; I’m calling her being the big break out of this based on the trailer. Affleck is really nailing that awkward, unemotional husband thing, huh? Maybe he was perfect for Nick after all… Gone Girl hits theaters October 3.

—> If you’re a fan of the book like me, you might want to read this.

Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Enjoy the Festival at Home


This week kicks off the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York City!  The festival is gearing up again to be heavy with special events outside of the regular film screenings including filmmaker/actor/industry panels, the Tribeca Drive-in, the Tribeca Family Street Festival, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, and special film presentations. While you may not be able to attend in person, there are a number of ways that you can experience the festival from home:

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"I Origins"

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Just how much of ourselves can be viewed through our eyes? Actress/writer Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice, The East) delves into that question in her last film with writer/director Mike Cahill (a followup to 2011’s Another Earth).You can’t understand the profound love I have for this movie… and now the trailer is here so you can begin to love it, too. As a scientist by training, I usually feel that movies about scientists fail at being authentic, but this is one that does a pretty good job. Do beware, the trailer gets a lot of the plot away but will still be a lot to think about after you watch the film.

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A Tale of Two Films (Atlanta Film Festival Edition): “Obvious Child” and “Locke”

This Atlanta Film Festival, like the previous one, gave me an opportunity to catch up with two films that I totally missed at Sundance. Like, ones I was barely aware of at the time. But ones that will certainly be included in my favorites of the year. Those two films were the romantic comedy Obvious Child, headed by the once, short-lived SNL cast member Jenny Slate, and the physiological thrillerLocke where we are taken (only) on a ride with Tom Hardy as he embarks on an unknown destination for reasons that are revealed to us over time… 


Do See: 

"Obvious Child"

All hail the rise of the witty, vulgar, female-centric comedy laced with just a dollop of sweet romance to raise a collective awww… While Bridesmaids follow the shenanigans of a sad-sack ex-bakery owner and a band of misfits leading up to a wedding, Obvious Child centers of a Jewish stand-up comedienne who makes a habit of not only using her life as material but also over-sharing to the point it embarrasses herself and those around her. This eventually gets her in trouble and leads to a painful breakup. To soothe her hurt feelings, she meets and has a one-night stand with Max (played adorably by Jake Lacy), a guy as “Christian as a Christmas tree” and against type in terms of guys she is usually into.  And from that one night comes an unplanned pregnancy and the ponderance of an eventual abortion. What could easily have come off controversial is tempered with vulnerability that comes from the evaluation of a life lived and unlived.  And throughout the film, we are treated with segments of stand up routines and Slate’s on ad libs, which displays the beautiful art of comedic timing. [A]

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April in Film: Must Watch List

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are vampire lovers through the ages, James McAvoy trades him his good guy image for one of depravity, and Tom Hardy drives for exactly 1.5 hours with a particular destination in mind. 

[April 11]

"Only Lovers Left Alive" (limited)

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffery Wright

Synopsis: Set against the desolation of the once-vibrant cities of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction the world is going, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured at least several centuries, but their debauched, romantic idyll is soon disrupted by the woman’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister.

I have never seen anything from director Jim Jarmusch, but this film that brings together the unlikely pair of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as centuries old lovers is intriguing enough. It has been playing at the world’s biggest film festivals since Cannes to great reviews so… interest peaked.

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"The Normal Heart"

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

The Normal Heart has been a well known play Off Broadway for years with a recent successful run on Broadway. For the upcoming HBO movie adaption, Ryan Murphy (the creative force behind Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story) was chosen to direct the cast which includes a Mark Ruffalo as Ned weeks, Matt Bomer as his closeted lover Felix Turner, Julia Roberts as a a wheelchair-bound physician and polio survivor, and (a blonde) Taylor Kitsch as a openly gay friend of Weeks. From the trailer, it seems to be a fiercely emotional story that may ink out a career best lead performance from Mark Ruffalo (that may rival his work in the upcoming film Infinitely Polar Bear).

The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on May 25.

Tribeca Film Festival 2014: My Picks

The films have been announced for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, my press credentials have come in (yes!), and my list has been made for the top 10 films that I consider the must see of the festival. Tribeca has always struggled through the years to have lasting breakout movies the way Sundance and TIFF continuously does but this year could potentially turn that around.

Here are the films that I’m already itching to see and why I’m particularly interested in them. If you’re in NYC April 16-26, be sure to check out some of these:


"In Your Eyes"

Director: Brin Hill
Writer: Joss Whedon  

Cast: Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed

Synopsis: East Coast housewife Rebecca lives a comfortable, sheltered life, but she always knew there was something special about herself. Charismatic ex-con Dylan has paid his debt to society and is ready for a fresh start in New Mexico, including a burgeoning flirtation with local good-time-gal Donna. When the two polar opposites realize they are strangely connected, an utterly unique metaphysical romance begins.

Why I’m Interested: It is written by the cult classic prince Joss Whedon whom I adore and talk about quite a bit. It’s being described as Joss Whedon does Nicholas Sparks. I’ve always wondered what The Notebook would be like if he had his hands on it. 

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